Once an 1880’s well-traveled stage coach route, by the early 1900s, Claremont Canyon, as it was known then, grew to become an integral part of Berkeley’s Key — or streetcar — system.
It was at this time that real estate developers, knowing a prime location when they saw it, decided to build the Claremont Hotel and Resort, a grand and majestic hotel that was a getaway for the well-heeled San Franciscan.
About the same time, the 1906 earthquake — and the fire that followed — destroyed much of San Francisco. And with that, Berkeley became more than a quiet university town as many City dwellers sought new stomping grounds here. Over time, the lush hillsides of Claremont C...
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